Innocence And Purity, And The Killing Of The Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends,” as stated by Robert South. A human’s innocence is at their peak during their childhood. Although, as one ages, they begin to lose their innocence as they are faced with suffering, evil and injustice around them. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird depicts Scout, a young immature girl growing up in a small town and learning the ways of the world. Through many conflicts she faces, and the many characters she encounters, she begins to see discrimination, and cruelty in life and begins to view the world through a whole new perspective. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol to represent this idea of innocence and purity, and the killing of the mockingbird as the destruction of the innocence. Lee uses the lives of Arthur (Boo) Radley, Jem Finch, and Tom Robinson as three fundamental examples to represent the mockingbird.
The character of Arthur Radley is a major example utilized by Lee to demonstrate the mockingbird in the book. The first reason why Boo represents the mockingbird, is because of the fact that he is an innocent man who has never caused harm to anyone, and has done nothing to receive the lifelong pain. As the book begins, Boo is introduced as a ‘malevolent phantom’ to the Maycomb society who commits all heinous crimes that take place in the town. For example, Lee states, “When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because [Arthur] had breathed on them. Any stealthy crimes…

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